International education: Australia’s road ahead

An important update on our sector and how we can work together to rebound 

Date: Wednesday, 27 May 2020 

Time: 5:00 PM to 6:15 PM AEST (UTC+10:00) 

Format: Webinar

Organiser: IDP Connect


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This webinar (a first for AIEC) brought together updates from the key bodies helping Australia’s international education sector reconnect with students and plan a road forward.

Phil Honeywood, Chief Executive of IEAA, shared how the Global Reputation Taskforce is working with the government and the whole sector to help our education providers and students access support.

Rebecca Hall, Head of International Education Centre of Excellence of Austrade, discussed perceptions of Australia and shared how universities and providers can leverage global brand campaigns.

Andrew Wharton, Client Director of IDP Connect, shared data on what Australian-bound applicants are considering doing with their study plans, the solutions they are looking for, and what actions we need to take as a sector.

Key points covered included:

  • Perceptions of Australia as a study destination among prospective students with exclusive survey findings from Austrade and IDP Connect
  • Impact and plans for the #inthistogether campaign
  • How is Australia supporting international students during the pandemic? A look at an institution, state and territory, and government level support.
  • The policy landscape – what might the future of international education in Australia look like?
  • The road ahead – how we can work together to support a sustainable recovery


Hon. Phil Honeywood

Chief Executive Officer, International Education Association of Australia (IEAA)

Phil has been IEAA's Chief Executive Officer since November 2011. Previously, he was a Member of the Victorian State Parliament (1988–2006), Minister for Tertiary Education, Training and Multicultural Affairs (1996–1999) and Deputy Leader of the Opposition (2002–2006). Since retiring from politics, Phil worked at Stott’s Business College and Cambridge International College.

Rebecca Hall

Head of International Education Centre of Excellence, Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)

Rebecca leads Austrade’s engagement in promoting Australia’s international education sector. She is a member of the Trade and Investment senior leadership team, engaging across the Austrade global network and sector. She oversees Austrade’s AIE2025 strategy and services to support international education sector sustainability.

Andrew Wharton

Client Director, IDP Connect

Andrew lead’s IDP Connect’s IQ services in the APAC region, helping to address the key challenges faced by higher education institutions by unlocking the potential of data and intelligence. He joined the company in 2002 and has enjoyed a range of commercial and strategic roles, including launching and establishing IDP Connect Australasian operations 2009-14 before running its international division 2014-17.

Hosted by:

James Bennett

Head of Business Delivery & Evolution, IDP Connect

James is responsible for the team supporting the Client Managers’ engagement with IDP Connect clients. He also works across the IDP Connect global teams to help shape and develop new products and services for clients. He has been on the AIEC Steering Committee since 2012.